HILLSIDE, N.J. - Plastic Extruded Products Co. will expand its custom extrusion and fabrication capacity this year following its purchase of an adjacent facility in Hillside. President Ed Larsen said manufacturing space will double to about 45,000 square feet when it completes the purchase by the month's end. He did not disclose cost of the expansion or new equipment details. Plastic Extruded makes tubing and profiles from vinyls, polyolefins, thermoplastic elastomers and engineering resins. Applications range from toys to aerospace components requiring low-smoke generation resins. Its markets include medical, electronics and construction.
Plastic Extruded`s sales are growing, and the firm is investing in upgrading technology to expand its potential markets. Larsen said his firm likely will need to add capacity next year.
Larsen, a major shareholder in Plastic Extrusion, estimated the private firm's sales last year were about $5 million. The firm employs about 50.
BURKVILLE, ALA. - GE Plastics will appeal an order that it pay $250,000 to an employee who alleged racial discrimination at its Burkville plant, according to an official.
A federal jury ordered GE Plastics pay Calvin Dunning, an instrument electrician, $50,000 in compensatory damages and $200,000 in punitive damages. The jury dismissed Dunning's allegations he was denied promotion because he is African-American.
``We feel disappointed about this order,'' said Ted Bagley, GE Plastics' personnel director at Burkville. ``We contend there is no hostile environment [at Burkville].''
Bagley said by telephone the alleged events occurred several years ago and ``were dealt with.'' Dunning complained about racist jokes and pranks such as a hangman's noose at the plant, and racial discrimination in a promotion selection process.
Dunning still works at Burkville as an instrument electrician. One of his lawyers was quoted in the Montgomery Advertiser as saying Dunning wants to continue his career with General Electric. Burkville's product line includes Lexan polycarbonate.
CHARLESTOWN, N.H.-A fire that destroyed half of Precision Assembly Co.'s 110,000-square-foot plant in Charlestown spared the firm's proprietary plastics molding operation.
Fire broke out Aug. 22 in a section of the plant where printed circuit boards were coated, said President John Olson.
Although the fire demolished about 55,000 square feet of the building, nine injection presses escaped untouched, except for soot, he said last week by telephone. Within 72 hours, the presses were molding plastic lenses for rotating beacons used on emergency vehicles, among other components. PAC employs 250, including 40 in the plastics division.
Firefighters had to peel open the plant's roof to battle the fire, Olson said. Afterwards PAC employees salvaged what they could. A demolition crew razed the ruined section, which also housed motor manufacturing and siren subassembly. Reconstruction began Sept. 3, but Olsen said he expected production to be fully restored by the end of the week.
Precision and its parent, Whelen Engineering Co. in Chester, Conn., make warning systems for the petrochemical and nuclear power industries, radar devices for smart highway systems and exterior safety lighting for aircraft. Olson would not disclose sales for the privately owned firms.
WOOSTER, OHIO - Rubbermaid Inc. plans to boost its juvenile products business, part of which is suffering from poor sales, by acquiring Graco Children's Products Inc. for $320 million in cash. It expects to complete the deal by Oct. 31.
Graco of Elverson, Pa., makes infant strollers, portable play yards, swings, activity centers and other infant products. The private firm expects sales of about $270 million this year.
Wooster-based Rubbermaid said soft sales of large, outdoor juvenile products will offset its third-quarter volume gains in other businesses. It also said a 50 percent increase in plastic resin costs over the past five months will offset companywide productivity gains, contributing to flat sales and income vs. 1995's third quarter.
Graco's Chief Executive Officer Edward Cone said in a release the firms will be able ``to leverage our resources together.''